You Have the Right to a Trial, Even for a Traffic Ticket

When you are accused of any crime in the State of Texas, you are entitled to a trial. While most of us do not think of a traffic violation as a “crime” in the traditional sense, the rights afforded to you under both the State and Federal Constitution apply. The State is required to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt just as it would have to for more serious offense. Contact the Attorneys at Carabin Shaw to discuss your rights.

Traffic violations are Class C Misdemeanors in the State of Texas and are fine only offenses. However, it is important to remember even Class C misdemeanors can have big consequences for your license and your wallet. Specifically, class C violations can result in driver surcharges, license suspensions, and warrants to arrest if you fail to appear.

The decision of whether or not you should go to trial for your case should be made only after consulting your attorney as to whether or not it is the right decision for you. People often make the mistake of trying to handle the case on their own. They face experienced prosecutor who use the rules of evidence to exclude the most critical of evidence. Do not make this mistake. If you go to trial and lose, the result is a conviction on your driving record that will be there for at least three years. Make the right decision and contact the attorneys at Carabin Shaw to decide what the right course of action for you is.

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